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More of the Same

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Does that sound inspiring? For 2013? Maybe not.

But: what I'm doing is working for me.

No spectacular "successes", but no dismal failures either. Tracking, exercising, staying within a reasonable weight range, accepting the ups and downs and doubling down on the ups until they're downs. . Feeling healthy, fit, happy most of the time, able to cope with the ordinary vicissitudes of life with more or less grace.

This is not about a destination. This is for me a life-long journey. So it's more of the same but recognizing that the scenery changes along the way, And I notice the changes of scenery, yes I do. One of the great pleasures of my life.

Yesterday, a male gold finch in winter plumage at my kitchen window feeder. Not six feet away. Cautiously keeping the feeder between me and him, just sticking his head around from time to time. And singing loudly! Letting me know: seed appreciated, thank you!! Message noted.

My fragrant bouquet of white carnations on the table, with pine boughs . . . and just beyond the gold finch, a pine tree heaped with sparkling white snow.

So more of the same also means paying attention to the freshness and the variety and the uniqueness and the peaceful sameness too of all that matters.

That paying attention happens best for me when I'm healthy and fit and strong. I know that is so from all of the times when I haven't been healthy and fit and strong. I notice it and appreciate it and cherish it.

So: more of the same, please. More of the same. And I'll keep doing all I can to remain healthy and fit and strong. And paying attention.

  
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PHOENIX1949 1/1/2013 4:51PM

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 3:18PM

    Beautiful post!

"This is not about a destination. This is for me a life-long journey."

And what a wonderful journey it is. Wishing you Happy Trails in 2013!



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CMRAND54 1/1/2013 2:56PM

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I love your attitude.

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NANCY- 1/1/2013 2:15PM

    I love that you do what you need to do for you.
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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2013 2:10PM

    Fantastic blog!! It deserves a Popular Blog award. Your insight of (1)sameness contrasted with (2)awareness is profound. Congrats on establishing a lifestyle that supports your health! Congrats on your fitness consistency that makes your healthy lifestyle central to your interesting and significant life!! -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 1/1/2013 12:46PM

    Here's to more of the 'same'!

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ONMYMEDS 1/1/2013 12:43PM

    What a great blog. Just, right.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/1/2013 11:29AM

    Great blog! Love your insight. I feel your peace and serenity jumping off the blog. Finding what works may not be a destination, but it certainly is a wonderful place to stop and enjoy where you are and how far you've come. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/1/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon That is great when you have a successful formula and can follow it. I do well too when I stick to the same routines and keep the same foods always available. They work and that is the bottom line!
Here is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and rocking in the New Year!
You are a fantastic inspiration to me, keep on being your amazing self!
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DAISYBELL6 1/1/2013 10:29AM

    I'm with you, Life is good now, not perfect but good. I will be glad to keep everything on an even keel. I am warm, comfortable, (but challenged), and would like to keep things this way for a long time. I know life will move on and things will change but I have found peace within my healthy eating and moving lifestyle and I love it. Thanks for sharing your feelings. Reading your blog got me more in touch with mine!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/1/2013 10:13AM

    What a lovely sentiment! Just what I needed to hear this morning!

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KANOE10 1/1/2013 9:50AM

    That is a great blog. That is exactly how I feel..more of the same everyday. That does not mean static as you point out..there are ups and downs and you need to work on the ups to get them back down.
It also means enjoying life.

Happy New Year.

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DEBRA0818 1/1/2013 9:36AM

    When it's working, it's working! Here's to more of the same in the New Year and all throughout the year!

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ISHIIGIRL 1/1/2013 9:16AM

    Wow, Great attitude. Me too, I think Ill have more of the same

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NITTINNANA 1/1/2013 9:13AM

    Terrific! You've made me hope that I can say much the same next year. But for now, with only 3-1/2 months of SP under my belt, I'm still trying to figure out what will work.


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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2013 9:07AM

    Happy New Year, Ellen! emoticon More of the same sounds "just right"!

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Souper Turkey Soup!

Monday, December 31, 2012

On "turkey feast days", I am the laziest possible cook -- and blogged about it proudly way back in October 2009. All about faking it, using as much "prefab" as possible with a few additions to make it "mine": the rock solid frozen prestuffed turkey, the canned gravy with a shot of sherry, the mashed potatoes in the sous-vide bag with a little chopped parsley, the frozen pie partially defrosted so the crust can be crimped with my very own thumbprints! In fact I believe "prefab" results in "less flab" . . . because prefab means fewer opportunities to snack and nibble!

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However, as the "soup meister" supremo (a fresh pot every week, the centrepiece of my suppers every evening . . . ) I'm prepared to take quite a bit of trouble with the bones! And gotta say, love turkey soup even better than roast turkey with all the trimmings.

It's a two day project -- but it really begins right after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

While dinner is being served, I've got the first load of prep dishes running through the dishwasher. That gives me a pretty clean kitchen for the next round of the operations.

And right after dessert (this year, glorious key lime pie decorated with kiwi and raspberries, enjoyed every crumb) I'm tackling the turkey.

First, I slice and chunk all the meat off the bones and put it in ziplock bags in the freezer with the other leftovers. That stops me snacking -- and creates easy meals for DH who can eat an infinite number of turkey dinners (leftover rice/potatoes/stuffing/gravy/cranberries/ veggies) over the next number of days.

Then I bag up all the bones and skin from the turkey and freeze that too until I'm ready to make soup.

Yesterday, out of the freezer came the bones bag!

The bones went into one of my big soup pots frozen solid with just enough water barely to cover, plus the following: five or six baby carrots, a handful of celery leaves, a large clove of garlic, some chopped onion, about a quarter cup of peppercorns, maybe a tablespoon of dried sage.

And: some balsamic vinegar (helps draw all the calcium out of the bones) plus a shot of soya sauce (we want a rich brown colour).

As the pot came to the boil and the bones defrosted, , I used the potato masher to get everything submerged. I turned the heat down to a bare simmer for about 2 hours and went about my business. It smelled glorious!!

And when everything was simmered satisfactorily, I strained the broth through a colander into a second clean soup pot and put it in the fridge.

Then: I cooled the bones slightly and very carefully cut off all the juicy bits of meat and set those aside, discarding the skin/gristle/cooked veggies (Charlie enjoyed some of this, but of course completely bone free since turkey bones can splinter and cause problems for dogs). I refrigerated the chopped turkey meat separately.

This morning I had about half a potful of rich and flavourful turkey broth, chilled. It was a concentrated jelly-like aspic. If there had been fat on the surface (and there wasn't any, really) I could have easily removed it.

I brought the broth to a boil again and decided on a simple turkey noodle soup. I added some fresh chopped celery. Some whole wheat spaghetti noodles, broken into 1" lengths. A whole whack of vegetables: green beans, carrots, corn, peas (frozen is great for this). The turkey meat, of course. And adjusted the seasonings: some red pepper flakes, some rosemary, a little sea salt, more sage and thyme. Decided on a can of romano beans, well drained, for additional protein. Enough water, added from time to time, to fill the pot.

(It could have been turkey mushroom barley; or turkey brown rice; or turkey and potatoes: but it was definitely going to involve lots and lots of vegetables!)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Gonna be delicious, after my cross-country ski coming right up!!

  
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PHEBESS 1/3/2013 5:40AM

    Mmmmmm, soup! Your soups always sound wonderful!!!!!

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_LINDA 12/31/2012 9:26PM

    Wow! Sounds heavenly!! A lot of effort producing great results! For sure you are the soup Queen of Sparkland!! Who cares about the other stuff when you can make great soup!! In our cold climate, a wonderful hot bowl of aromatic soup is just the ticket!!
Enjoy your skiing!
Wishing you a healthy, happy wonderful New Year! May you accomplish all you set out to do and have a boatload of fun getting there!
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Looking forward to another great year sharing this journey with you!
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CMRAND54 12/31/2012 7:26PM

    The soup sounds great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/31/2012 7:20PM

    I can smell it from here! Yummmmm! What time does it get served up? emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 12/31/2012 6:48PM

    Mmm. I shied away from making soup until this past year. Now, with my trusty crock pot and knowledge of healthy ingredients, it is so simple and so delicious.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/31/2012 5:57PM

    You are the soup supremo.

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SWAZY33 12/31/2012 9:57AM

    I'm making a turkey tomorrow and I always say I'm going to make turkey soup and never do...I will this time!! Sounds yum!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/31/2012 9:17AM

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SLENDERELLA61 12/31/2012 9:06AM

    Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing your soup preparation. I did a pot of soup yesterday, but I've got to admit mine is not as inspired as yours. It's good, though: lots of cabbage, carrots, celery, onion, and various colors of bell pepper with chicken broth and garbanzo beans.

I do find it frustrating that it takes so long to put it all in the food tracker and when I'm done I figure I'm only in the ballpark -- much less precise than my usual measure a meat, measure a veggie, etc. How do you solve that one?

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TRAVELGRRL 12/31/2012 9:05AM

    Sounds absolutely wonderful! I can just smell that turkey carcass simmering gently!

My goal has been to make a pot of soup each week as well. We eat it every day for lunch. So far I've got about a half-dozen recipes that pass the test of being hearty yet light enough calorie-wise for lunch. You are a better cook than I am; I'm a recipe-only girl and not very imaginative or inventive on my own.

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NITTINNANA 12/31/2012 8:48AM

    I just love to do soup too!

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Next Best Thing to Running . . .

Sunday, December 30, 2012

. . . (which I really shouldn't attempt much any more) has to be cross country skiing!

Skiing is so much easier on the hips and knees: just like the elliptical cross trainer instead of the treadmill or track. Which I do still use from time to time, cautiously and with Pace technique (short stride, rapid cadence, mid foot landing).

But: my cautious running is mostly indoors now. And cross country skiing gets me outdoors! Like running did, all those years when I foolishly clocked 10 km a day on the roads and trails, hitting hard on the heels, without strength training to stabilize the core and joints . . . sigh.

Yesterday the sky was a pale soft grey. The snow was powdery, deep. The wax was perfect: no slip, lots of grip, but absolute ease of glide. A few friendly chickadees. And my favourite sound: whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. Love the flick of the pole forward, the kick and the pull. What a workout!

Today the sky is bright blue and everything is sparkling. It's colder: I'll need my neck gaiter pulled up over my chin and lots of lip balm. And sunglasses!

Winter can be terrific. I'm loving it!

  
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ISHIIGIRL 1/1/2013 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing. I wish I could just walk out the door and do the cross country. It is a little bit of a drive for us to be able to do that but I have heard this analogy before. I have only tried it a few times, but really enjoyed it when I did it!

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_LINDA 12/31/2012 12:23AM

    That is fantastic! A zen experience :) Love your poetic description -felt I was right there with you :))
My Mom used to love cross country skiing. I never tried it though. Our winters were just too cold for me to enjoy much of. Bundling up so all you can see out of is a slit and you walk stiff like a robot from all the layers that it doesn't leave much flexibility for activity (but was great for cushioning if you had a hard landing tobogganing :P) I am hoping to try my hand at snowshoeing though.
I am so glad you found an activity you can enjoy almost as much as running -shame it doesn't go year round for you (have you ever thought of roller skiing in the summer?)
Keep on Enjoying -hope it doesn't get too cold for you!

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PHEBESS 12/31/2012 12:07AM

    Love X country!

Remember the sunscreen too!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/30/2012 6:42PM

    That sounds like fun!

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CMRAND54 12/30/2012 12:40PM

    It does sound like fun. I guess I wouldn't be cold after a few minutes.

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DALID414 12/30/2012 11:53AM

    You make it sound so fun. It would be wasted on me, I'm miserable in the cold.

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NITTINNANA 12/30/2012 11:35AM

    Sounds like fun!

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LINDAKAY228 12/30/2012 11:22AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately in southern New Mexico we don't get enough snow for real snow activities. Glad you found something you enjoy so much and gives you a great workout!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/30/2012 11:07AM

    glad you are loving the winter and the winter sports that go with it.keep on keeping on you are doing great love. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds great! Glad you have the conditions for a sport you can enjoy! emoticon (Yeah, I know, not a cross country icon!)

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TRAVELGRRL 12/30/2012 10:13AM

    *sigh*

As we get older we definitely need to monitor and adjust, adjust and adapt...I'm not a fan of being outside in the cold so cross-country skiing is not for me. However, it is only 18 degrees here right now and we're heading out in a few minutes for our walk!

I'm glad it works for you, and I've heard it's a fantastic workout with lots of calorie burning!
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KANOE10 12/30/2012 10:11AM

    Great job of exercising in the snow. I did not realize the treadmill was harder on the hips than the elliptical. I just tried an a new lateral machine yesterday..It was wierd going from side to side.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/30/2012 10:04AM

    Sounds wonderful. I used to love cross country skiing, but it hurts my worse knee (both are bad) so it isn't something I can do any more. Hope you have a wonderful time today!

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NANCY- 12/30/2012 9:51AM

    Let it snow!
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  So glad skiing can take running's place for you. emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 12/30/2012 9:26AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. I'd love to try it, one day I will but first I have to have the money. Enjoy

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/30/2012 9:26AM

    I love to XC skiing. unfortunately I currently have to drive a couple of hours to get to snow but we have a place in Colorado and when I am there I can walk out the door and ski. I also like the Après ski endorphins and joining the local ski crowd at one of the watering holes for live music and a drink. But when I am out skiing and I can hear my breath and my heart beat, I feel totally alive and in the moment. It is fun to see the tracks in the snow. The feathery touch of eagle/hawk's wings or the pounce of a fox as they seek out a mouse under the snow. The otter's belly slide as they play by the river. The "snowplow" of Elk antler's searching for grass or tender branches. What is not to like?!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/30/2012 9:21AM

    Yeah I agree. My arthritic knee doesn't allow running anymore except on the elliptical. (Pushing through my heels, using my posterior chain rather than on the balls of my feet.)

XC skiing is the only thing that comes close to that feeling of flying...

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(I guess I should qualify that - hucking over a waterfall feels like flying too. But in a different way.)

...plan to head out myself and break some trails in the adjacent state park this afternoon after church.

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Alternative Abundance! Always on Offer!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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BOOKAPHILE has a terrific blog post today on the "Problems of Abundance". It's a seasonal issue, that's for sure -- especially when the dessert table is loaded with options!

As my comment on BOOKAPHILE's blog confesses, I did participate in conventional
abundance yesterday -- enjoying my daughter's wonderful spicy smashed potatoes, a fabulous key lime pie brought along by my brother-in-law. A full serving of Christmas dinner. But with some moderation.

Because even for one day, I can't eat without any restraint. Mostly because it's not the immediate calories that are gonna cause me problems -- it's the triggering effect of excessive indulgence going forward.

My leftovers are in the freezer, including all of the raspberry pie I had planned to serve myself. And yeah, it may be that some portion of leftovers will end up in the waste disposal eventually.

But not on my waist: not happening.

So: does that mean absence of holiday joy? Excluding myself from abundance?

No. No. No.

BOOKAPHILE's blog made me recall a hilarious conversation I had with my wonderful hairdresser at my last haircut just before Christmas.

Hair guy is an amazing person who also teaches in the local college aesthetics program, He mentioned to me that he'd set a semester exam using the word "abundance" and one of his students objected strenuously: she had never heard the term before. I suggested to him that maybe for his purposes the definition of "abundance" could involve knotting the hair on top of the head and shimmying the hips . . . yeah!

How sad is that -- to be adult-age and so vocab-challenged as to be unfamiliar with "abundance".

Which reminded me (and I need this reminder continuously) that I'm vocab-challenged myself when it comes to my own definition of abundance. Because to maintain weight loss I've gotta challenge my own persistent association of "abundance" with food, food and more food.

Food only. So if I can't eat whatever I wanna eat I'm deprived. Excluded from abundance. Adam and Eve exiled from Paradise!! Wahhhhhhhhh!!

So long as I persist in that association of abundance as "food only", I'll be at danger for lapsing in my maintenance goals.

To succeed in maintaining weight loss, I've gotta search out and consciously engage with the abundance of pleasure that life has perpetually on offer for me. I have to find different non-food ways of enjoying abundance. Notice them. Savour them.

Because the human experience of abundance IS key to contentment, that's for sure!

And I have to remind myself: even if I think it will, overeating doesn't result in contentment.

Just temporary excess content in my stomach. And permanent excess weight in my jeans!

  
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NANCY- 12/27/2012 7:00AM

    My favorite way of enjoying abundance is to take several slow deep breaths. It slow me down enough to see the abundance around me:
The air, the trees, the wildlife, the flowing river, the sand on a beach warm beneath my feet.
The warmth in my home. My routines.
Realizing what needs are... as opposed to wants.
Abundance is having the need met.
Slow down and breathe.
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TRYINGHARD1948 12/27/2012 2:51AM

    Ia am so glad that we do not need to limit the abundance of love and joy we have but remember always to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings we have.

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_LINDA 12/26/2012 11:57PM

    I actually don't have a problem associating abundance with other things. The bridge club members show me an abundance of wealth as they go south in the winter, to the cottage in the summer and fantastic trip after trip to exotic places. The nice cars in the parking lot, the nice clothes and accessories, etc. etc -the list goes on. How well to do our Canada is when you compare it to other countries, yes we all have an abundance of possessions, food, etc. I put forward its this excess, this not lacking of anything , that allows us to overindulge, because there is just so much out there, and perhaps you were brought up not to waste anything. I have trouble throwing things out that are perfectly good. When you hear of starving people, right in your own city to waste any food is just so wrong. But I sure would like to see a lot less of it prepared. My Mom is always so concerned she will run out as my family are all big eaters. And its so true one little taste of everything still leads to a heaping plateful :(
This is why I can do maintenance fine as a single with no social commitments, but have trouble with family get togethers. Its food I loved as a kid and only see at these once a year gatherings. The struggle never ends and the vigilance must be ever on.

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CMRAND54 12/26/2012 8:06PM

    Great blog. Thank you for the reminder that abundance can mean more than food.

I have an abundance of food in my life, an abundance of books, furniture, clothes, electronics, and most importantly, an abundance of love. I am a very fortunate woman. One of my goals for the coming year is to share some of my abundance with those less fortunate than I.

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PHEBESS 12/26/2012 5:45PM

    We need to learn to enjoy the abundance of love, warmth, family, friends, all that - and yes, learn that abundance isn't only about food.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/26/2012 4:38PM

    I enjoyed her blog. Thanks for pointing me in that direction. Now, I'm trying to figure out why I don't feel deprived. I don't. I ate within my calorie range yesterday. I cooked big and ate moderately. I am thankful for the satisfaction I feel!! I've kind of gotten into a habit. While someone else usually blesses the food (and I am grateful we have an abundance of food), I quietly say thanks for the feeling of satisfaction when it comes after I am done eating!

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PHOENIX1949 12/26/2012 1:12PM

    Your comment "the triggering effect of excessive indulgence going forward" really resonated with me. When I have indulged in trigger items (often staying within my calorie range), it takes me several days to reset my thinking and stay away from them - if I avoided in the first place, my journey to my goal would be nearer. Thanks for making me think about this. My nutritional balance is a key portion of this new lifestyle - not just the calorie range and weight loss.

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SEATTLE58 12/26/2012 1:06PM

    emoticon blog!!

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DALID414 12/26/2012 11:32AM

    I had no idea SP had a grouping for Christmas Dinner! (I'm commenting on the comment you wrote on bookaphile's page)

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KANOE10 12/26/2012 11:11AM

    I like your focus on finding joy in non food abundance and pleasures of life. I think abundance readily turns into overindulgence with the holidays and food.

This season, I am making fewer dishes and getting rid of food gifts.

Nice inspirational blog. Thanks for the link to the other great blog.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/26/2012 11:02AM

    Thanks for linking to my blog today, Ellen. Wow! You've made some very good points.

I SO identified with your phrase "the triggering effect of excessive indulgence going forward." That's why I try not to bring much rich food home with me. If I don't see it, I often don't miss it.

I didn't mean to imply that abundance is only found in food. That was just the context in which my struggle took place. I think we can tend to turn food abundance into overindulgence quite easily.

Thanks for your insights!



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What do I wanna eat? What will taste best?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

*leaning in the fridge and surveying the possibilities*
*opening the cupboard and poking around*
*looking at the menu*
*checking out the banquet table*

Nope.

"What do I wanna eat?" is never a good question for me.

I wanna eat cheese. With buttered bread. Crusty hot white baguette, preferably. Potato chips (none in my cupboard, of course). Dip. Cookies. Or granola bars if that's all there is, And that's all there is. There. At my house.

Hmm. There is frozen pizza. I could do that. Yeah.

Handfuls of nuts? Yeah!! Spoonfuls of peanut butter? Why not. While the pizza heats up. Sure.

If I'm at a restaurant (where I was planning on a salad till I pick up the menu: that changes everything of course) what happens when I ask myself . . . What do I wanna eat? French fries? Always. Fat juicy cheeseburger? Of course. Large Coke!!

OK then, special occasion banquet table. What do I wanna eat? Deep fried everything, natch. And let's check out the desserts. Chocolate cheesecake looks great. And the hot fudge chocolate brownie sundae. And the chocolate mousse . . . gotta theme going on here. They're all sitting there. Why not one of each? To "share", of course. Or . . . maybe not. Just this once.

Gotta face facts. I wanna eat all of 'em.

In unlimited quantities, basically. Every day.

So "What do I wanna eat" isn't the question if the answer I'm looking for is . . . a healthy, fit and slim body.

What would be the right question? It's gotta be, " What do I need to eat?"

Food is fuel. Yes it is.

If I'm asking the right question, the Spark nutrition tracker is very helpful. That's because the nutrition tracker isn't just counting calories. It's counting carbs, fats and proteins. Mine is also set to track a whole whack of other nutrients: minerals and vitamins and fibre and . . . yeah.

So if it's suppertime and I've still got 400 calories to "spend" . . . what do I need? More protein? Probably. And calcium too? A little vitamin C still missing? Yup. So what to choose? If I ask myself, "What do I need to eat?", then the answer would be, maybe, some fat free Greek yogourt? Some fresh raspberries?

How self-depriving is that? Taking all the fun out of life. *big pout*

OK. News flash. Asking myself what I need instead of what I want is NOT self-depriving at all.

Remarkably enough, what tastes best is what my body needs. Maybe I don't believe it, not in the moment, when the cheesecake is screaming at me. But 20 minutes from now, if I eat the cheesecake I won't feel so good. Might still not be feeling so good tomorrow, even.

But if I eat the yogourt and raspberries: I will feel good. And does anything actually taste better than fresh raspberries?

Gotta remind myself: I'll feel good if I eat what I need. Not what I "want". What I REALLY wanna eat is what I need to eat. Really.

Gotta keep right on reminding myself of this. Every day.

The real treat is treating myself well.

Giving myself what I need. When I do that, consistently, and when I have a healthy, fit and slim body, there are so many other ways to have fun. Real fun.

Eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted made me 230 pounds. And that was actually . . . no fun at all.



  
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STONECOT 1/25/2013 7:16PM

    It wasn't eating whatever I wanted that made ME fat! It was eating large amounts of what I wanted! Feeling I had to eat calories that I was 'owed' even though I wasn't hungry made me fat too. Add to this eating in front of the TV, so I couldn't remember what it was that I'd just eaten, and eating because it was there and I didn't want it to go to waste, All these, at various times have contributed their bit to making me fat. So now, I eat whatever I want, and enjoy the planning and cooking of it, but at mealtimes when, or if I'm hungry. I eat at the table with the TV/computer OFF, and concentrate on my food and eat it and savour it slowly. When I start to feel full, whats left on my plate goes into the bin, and leftovers, unless I can resurrect them as something else for another meal, they go into the bin too. No snacks and no seconds and no tracking. Now I'm losing the weight again.

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CHIASMA 1/25/2013 5:08PM

    Actually, I've found that if I allow myself to eat whatever I want, I wind up wanting healthy foods nearly all the time. I don't feel the need to stuff my face with junk because I know I'm allowed to have it if that's what I really want. It's not the forbidden fruit so it holds no power over me. If I do decide to make the 'naughty' choice, then I eat it the same way I eat everything else... slowly, so I can properly taste/enjoy it. when I'm not hungry anymore, it stops being enjoyable so I stop.

But as you say... the healthy food actually tastes better and is what my body craves. So when I ask myself what I want, more often than not it's full of fruit and veg.

When I try to deny myself, the opposite happens.

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PACKERMANN 1/2/2013 6:05PM

    VERY HELPFUL!!!

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KAYYAK1 1/2/2013 1:30PM

  Want and need are not just for food. I made a little sign and put it in a frame a year or so ago just to remind me of the difference.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/29/2012 9:28AM

    I love spark people nutrition tracking. it tells me what I NEED. I try to get that done. Sometimes it is hard to get what I NEED. Rarely do I get to think about what I WANT.

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KANOE10 12/28/2012 2:28PM

    Excellent blog. I got to 242 eating what I wanted also...eating what you need to eat for your health is the way to go.

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MARYJEANSL 12/28/2012 11:35AM

  You are so right! What I 'want' is so often not what my body reeeeally wants (i.e., needs).

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MANDAROSE80 12/27/2012 10:17PM

    Well said. I will definitely add this to my motivators. What do I need to eat? Staying away from the what do I want to eat question should be helpful for me as well. emoticon

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LRSILVER 12/27/2012 8:18AM

    Great point of view. I sometimes think what do I want, but it should be what do I need. Did I get enought protein, carbs, calcium etc.
Thanks

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EMILYDOODLE 12/26/2012 10:48PM

  great blog!

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TINAJANE76 12/26/2012 4:06AM

    Wow, sooo very true! I keep waiting for the moment in maintenance where I don't always want to go on a feeding frenzy whenever my next mealtime rolls around, but it still hasn't happened. I think I need to accept the fact that it might not ever happen. In the meantime, I'll go on eating what I need to eat which, like you said, always makes me feel my best. Hot buttered bread may seem like a good idea when you're in the moment, but fresh seasonal fruit not only tastes even more amazing, but also makes me feel a whole lot better in the morning!

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FIRECOM 12/25/2012 10:26AM

    EXCELLENT POST thank you. This one is a keeper.

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SWEDE_SU 12/25/2012 4:13AM

    great blog - one simple question changes everything!

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LIBBYL1 12/25/2012 2:26AM

  hot bread with butter and cheese! yum....

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CM_GARDNER78 12/24/2012 10:18PM

    AWESOME! What do I NEED to eat! Perfect question!!! Great blog!

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BUTTERFLITTER 12/24/2012 5:48PM

  An awesome post. So true - what we want is often not good for us. Hope this prevailing truth will sink in. Will try to eat what I need and not what I want (junk, junk and more junk)

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/24/2012 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SWIM53055 12/24/2012 11:28AM

  Very timely for me to hear! Thank you!

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LESSISMORE2010 12/24/2012 2:06AM

    Love this! I need to adopt this mindset. Thank you for sharing!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/23/2012 9:55PM

    Fantastic!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/23/2012 8:36PM

    Extraordinary and profoundly insightful. The images on your SPage prove it!!!
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OKIE_NANA 12/23/2012 5:03PM

    Very good insights. Wandering through the produce department, I saw dark green leaf lettuce, fresh raspberries, and pecans. Instead of carefully counting lettuce leaves, I ripped off the top, tore it up added the raspberries a few pecans and some slivered rutabagus for bite. Probably added a raspberry vineagrette dressing. Really good. Didn't fit my husband's idea of good food but I sure enjoyed it.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/23/2012 4:11PM

    Fantastic blog ! Very honest and very true. I spent many a year "eating whatever I wanted too". Figured as long as I was exercising, I could eat whatever I wanted. Well, that was a misconception on my part. If you want to lose weight, you really do have to be mindful of what you eat.

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SEATTLE58 12/23/2012 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticon You said it! That's me to a "T"!! Loved it and emoticon

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BERTA6978 12/23/2012 1:16PM

    Well Said! Thank you for reminding me to choose what my body needs. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 12/23/2012 2:09AM

    Ah, Need vs. Want -- such a concise summary of the question at hand. Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

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PENOWOK 12/22/2012 12:38PM

    I have that same struggle! Nicely put! What do I want versus what is my real priority? Fuel or fat?!

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FIRECOM 12/22/2012 10:31AM

    NEWS FLASH. This is why SP is so strong on LIFE STYLE CHANGE. I know that I am committed to following this plan for the rest of my life regardless of whether I am at goal or not. I don't like knowing this, but it is true whether I "know" it or not.

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NEWCHINELO 12/21/2012 11:32PM

    Beautiful!thanks for sharing.


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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/21/2012 10:36PM

    Your determination is great!! Way to go!

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JAMER123 12/21/2012 10:26PM

    I think we all fight our food wants with our mind wants. You stated it very well. Thank you for and inspiring blog!!

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ROCKYCPA 12/21/2012 9:31PM

    Good for you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/21/2012 8:12PM

  Very insightful.. the way you put i!!

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CMRAND54 12/21/2012 7:34PM

    Well said. You can eat anything you want, just not everything, all at the same time. It's all about making good decisions most of the time. Aim for fruits and vegetables, and lean protein, with some healthy starches and good oils.

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JIBBIE49 12/21/2012 7:26PM

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Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/21/2012 1:54PM

    Fantastic! You are so right!

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MOMMY445 12/21/2012 1:48PM

    what a great blog! so well said and so well written! good luck on reaching your goals! you can do this! have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/21/2012 1:24PM

  Excellent Blog!!!!! So very well written. emoticon

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